DISTINGUISHED LECTURER: Robust Kick Detection: First Step on Our Well Control Automation Journey
SPE Brazil Section has a pleasure to invite you to the lecture:
'Robust Kick Detection: First Step on Our Well Control Automation Journey'
Speaker: Brian Tarr - Shell International Exploration and Production Inc.
In 2010 Shell began investigating how to automate the initial response to a well control incident. The first phase of the project was to develop a rig system that could reliably detect an influx across a broad spectrum of floating rig well construction related rig operations. The results of a fault tree style sensitivity analysis pointed to the high value of improving sensor data quality (both accuracy and reliability) and the importance of improving kick detection software for alarming (both in terms of coverage and how the driller is alerted to respond to a confirmed kick condition). Based on the analysis results, a Smart Kick Detection System functional specification was developed and used to upgrade the kick detection system on an offshore rig.